[3/22/2017] Masataka Yoshida misses game with lower back discomfort

Masataka Yoshida missed today’s game against the Hiroshima Carp because of problems with his lower back. He started feeling discomfort in the area¬†during pre-game batting practice. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sponichi 3/22/2017

[UPDATE 3/24 @ 12:00am]

Yoshida visited a hospital in Kobe on March 23 and was diagnosed with acute muscular lower back pain. He will remain with the Ichi-gun team for the time being.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/23/2017

[UPDATE 3/28 @ 10:31pm]

Junichi Fukura told reporters today that Yoshida will not make the active roster because his lower back is still not fully healed.

Source: Daily Sports 3/28/2017

[UPDATE 4/6 @ 5:53pm]

Fukura told reporters today that Yoshida was still rehabbing his back and was not making a whole lot of progress with his recovery. He also told reporters they were having a hard time setting a timetable for his return.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/6/2017

[UPDATE 4/22 @ 4:10pm]

Yoshida might be ready to return to the active roster some time next month.

Source: Sponichi 4/22/2017

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